BC Soccer News, Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

THE VOYAGEURS CUP FINAL

WHITECAPS FC  2  MONTREAL IMPACT  0

(WHITECAPS FC WIN 4-2 on Aggregate)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015

B.C. PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.

WHITECAPS FC ARE CHAMPIONS OF CANADA!

PHOTO GALLERY: VOYAGEURS CUP FINAL, WHITECAPS FC 2 MONTREAL IMPACT 0 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web of the Voyageurs Cup Final by Bill Currie.

Canadian Champions: Whitecaps FC defeat Montreal 2-0 to win first Voyageurs Cup Whitecaps FC
After 13 years of heartbreak, Vancouver Whitecaps FC won their first-ever Voyageurs Cup on Wednesday night at BC Place. The ‘Caps lifted the trophy in front of a crowd of 19,616 after defeating 10-men Montreal Impact 2-0 in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final, which sealed a 4-2 win on aggregate.

Vancouver Whitecaps thrilled to make a “little bit of history” with first Canadian Championship triumphMLS
It’s been a long time coming, and there’s been a lot of years of heartache along the way, but the Vancouver Whitecaps finally lifted their first Voyageurs Cup with a commanding 4-2 aggregate win over the Montreal Impact in the Amway Canadian Championship final second leg.

Vancouver wins 2015 Amway Canadian ChampionshipCSA
At last, Vancouver have won their prize. Five times a runner up, historic club Vancouver Whitecaps FC won the 2015 Amway Canadian Championship after a 4-2 aggregate win in the national final. The Whitecaps now have their name engraved on the Voyageurs Cup for the first time. They’ve also booked a spot in the 2016/17 edition of CONCACAF Champions League.

Whitecaps beat Impact for Voyageurs CupTSN
Russell Teibert yearned to play in the Wednesday night’s second leg of the Amway Canadian Championships — and he did not disappoint. The 22-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ont., who has been used mainly as a substitute lately, was named the game’s most valuable player as the Vancouver Whitecaps won their first Voyageurs Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Impact. The Whitecaps had finished as runner-ups in five of the previous six Canadian championships.

Historic hardware signals significant progress on pitch – Vancouver Sun
So that’s what the Voyageurs Cup looks like — shiny and a little squat, like a royal soup tureen. Or a cremation urn. For a change, it didn’t contain the Vancouver Whitecaps’ ashes, but something to drink in celebration of a Canadian soccer championship.

Finally, ‘Caps are Canadian champs24 Hours
At long last, the Voyageurs Cup is headed west. So often runners-up in the Amway Canadian Championship but never before winners, the Vancouver Whitecaps finally claimed their first title with a 2-0 win in the second leg of the final – and a 4-2 total on aggregate – over the Montreal Impact.

Whitecaps finally crowned Canadian champions Sportsnet
There was never any curse. Let’s get that straight. It wasn’t because they were cursed—or because the soccer gods had it in for them—that the Vancouver Whitecaps never managed to win the Amway Canadian Championship.

Curse Broken: Whitecaps top Montreal 2-0 to Win Voyageurs CupEighty-Six Forever
For Vancouver Whitecaps fans, it was long, long overdue. After years of misfires and unbelievable frustration, the Whitecaps slayed past demons to win the Voyageurs Cup Wednesday night, booking a ticket to the 2016/2017 CONCACAF Champions League in the process.

Add it to the collection: Voyageurs Cup the latest addition to Whitecaps FC’s trophy caseWhitecaps FC
For years, there had been a big hole in Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s trophy case. Not anymore. The ‘Caps won their first-ever ever Voyageurs Cup on Wednesday night at BC Place, defeating 10-men Montreal Impact 2-0 in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final (4-2 on aggregate).

Caps 2 Impact 0: Whitecaps finally lift the Voyageurs Cup The Province
The Whitecaps finally won the Canadian championship on Wednesday. And after all these years — the crushing disappointments and bizarre defeats — they didn’t even make their fans sweat for it.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Montreal Impact 0 | Canadian Championship Match RecapMLS
Vancouver Whitecaps are the winners of the 2015 Amway Canadian Championship. A 2-0 win on the night gave Vancouver a 4-2 aggregate win over the Montreal Impact, to lift their first ever Voyageurs Cup and clinch a place in next season’s CONCACAF Champions League.

Whitecaps beat Impact in second leg to win Amway Canadian ChampionshipCanada.com
Russell Teibert yearned to play in the Wednesday night’s second leg of the Amway Canadian Championships — and he did not disappoint.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Montreal Impact (4-2 Agg.): ‘Caps win Canadian Championship Goal
The Vancouver Whitecaps finally lifted the Voyageurs Cup after 13 years of trying after they comfortably defeated the Montreal Impact 2-0 in the second leg of the Canadian Championship at BC Place on Wednesday night. (Editor’s Note: One correction to this story. The Whitecaps have won the Cascadia Cup twice since joining MLS. This is their third competitive trophy since 2011.)

Whitecaps FC headed back to CONCACAF Champions League as top team in CanadaWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC are the first team to qualify for the 2016-17 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League . A total of 24 of the top teams from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean will make up the field, including five clubs from Major League Soccer.

Montreal Impact’s Frank Klopas critical of red card decision in Canadian Championship title deciderMLS
It was, Impact head coach Frank Klopas said, “two different games.”…“The first one wasn’t even a foul,” Klopas told reporters postgame. “Not even a yellow. The linesman calls it from the side. It’s a final. [Laurent] Ciman makes a first foul, he’s the captain, and he gets a yellow card. Come on. It’s unfortunate, because I think that both teams came to play. Then, the game changed.”

The Impact threw away the Voyageurs Cup 10 minutes before Cabrera was sent offthe11.ca
The Impact was set up to bunker and counter, a system that served the team well in its run to the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League final. Speedy striker Dominic Oduro was the lone man up top, and it would be up to him to pace the counterattack.

Report: Impact falls 2-0 in Vancouver in Canadian Championship finalMontreal Impact
After going down a man in the 30th minute, the Montreal Impact fell 2-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday night, at BC Place, and ultimately finishes as runner up for the Amway Canadian Championship with a 4-2 aggregate score.

MLS NEWS

Colorado Rapids credit newcomer Sean St Ledger for taking advantage of “key opportunity” in win MLS
Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni stresses the importance of finding the “key moments” of games in securing wins, and perhaps no moment was more key than Sean St Ledger’s cross to Kevin Doyle in the 79th minute of their 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.

Seattle Sounders cite distance traveled, young squad in CONCACAF Champions League lossMLS
Coming into Wednesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League clash with Club Olimpia in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid knew that getting a result would be a tall order.

Chicago Fire hoping “important” home win can spur them on during tough upcoming road stretchMLS
The Chicago Fire will embark on the beginning of a three-game road swing this weekend hoping that Wednesday’s impressive 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls can provide the momentum to score their first away win since July 2014.

New York Red Bulls score on trick play via corner kick, but was it lawful?MLS
The New York Red Bulls dug deep into their bag of tricks on Wednesday, and it paid off handsomely. Red Bulls center back Ronald Zubar temporarily pulled his club level at 2-2 in the 49th minute of their road game against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night thanks to a well drawn-up set piece. Having won a corner kick on the right, Lloyd Sam stepped up to whip in a cross and stepped on the ball a few times before nonchalantly making way for Sacha Kljestan to take. Or so we thought.

Taylor Twellman, MIAA team up for concussion awareness weekBoston Globe
Taylor Twellman, the former Revolution All-Star and ESPN’s lead soccer analyst, is teaming up with the MIAA and Inaria Apparel to produce the inaugural Massachusetts Concussion Awareness Week, centered on Twellman’s concussion awareness organization THINKTaylor.

MLS Live cuts late season price by 60% MLS
Just in time for the season’s final MLS Rivalry Week, we are dropping the price of MLS LIVE Season Subscriptions to just $27.99 – that’s 63% off the regular season price. (Editor’s note: This is not an ad that we are being compensated for. We’re just annoyed that many non-Canadian MLS matches – such as last Saturday’s LA Galaxy – NYCFC match –  aren’t available on any of TSN’s five channels. This was despite the fact that TSN showed the same CFL game on four of them! TSN is the rights holder for all national MLS matches in Canada. MLS Live is a way to see a small handful of the games they don’t broadcast. More on this in September.)

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WFC2 & USL NEWS

WFC2 Signs Three Canadian U17 Standouts USL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 announced on Wednesday that Residency defender Kadin Chung, midfielder Thomas Gardner, and midfielder/striker Terran Campbell have been signed to professional contracts. All three players were introduced at BC Place prior to the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final.

Taking An In-Depth Look At USL Eastern Conference Playoff Race Pittsburgh Soccer Report
With four weeks left in the season, other than a strong front-runner (Rochester), and another impressive second place team (Louisville City FC), the rest of the USL Eastern Conference playoff race for the final four spots will likely come down to a battle to the very last weekend with six primary contenders that include our local team, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and for now, two additional teams on the fringe who will need a lot of help,.

Louisville FC – If you build it, will MLS come?Courier-Journal
If you want to run with the big dogs, there’s a price to be paid for participation. If Louisville City FC is to parlay the success of its inaugural season into a home of its own, one that is suitable for expansion to the specifications of Major League Soccer, Phase One would likely run about $60million.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

UVic unveils new Walk of ExcellenceTimes Colonist
The displays and panels encompass four themes: A Walk Through Time has Victoria College sports items dating to 1941. The International Success section features Vikes-related Olympic Games memorabilia. The National Champions section honours past Vikes CIS champions. The With The Vikes portion features the UVic Sports Hall of Fame inductees and, annually, the previous year’s Vikes award winners. There are also two video touch screens allowing for an interactive trip through UVic sporting history.

WolfPack Women’s Soccer To Close Out Exhibition Campaign On RoadTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team closes out its 2015 Canada West pre-season on the road this weekend. And that is going to be a familiar theme for Tom McManus’ team over the next few weeks. That’s because not only are the ‘Pack away from Hillside Stadium this weekend (Aug 28-29) but they will also spend the first three weekends of the regular season on the road.

Soccer Schedule for the 2015 BC 55+ Games in North Vancouver (PDF FILE)55plus Games
The B.C. 55 Plus Games runs through Saturday in North Vancouver.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

Seattle Reign win second-straight NWSL ShieldGoal
The NWSL Shield is staying in Seattle. The Seattle Reign (12-3-3) clinched the best record in the 2015 NWSL season with a 3-1 win over the Boston Breakers on Wednesday, securing the Shield and the postseason’s No. 1 seed for the second straight year.

REIGN FC EARNS 3-1 WIN OVER BREAKERSNWSL
Seattle Reign FC (12-3-3, 39 pts) clinched the 2015 NWSL Shield, awarded to the team with the best regular season record, with a 3-1 over the Boston Breakers (4-12-3, 15 pts) on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 4,484 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.

Washington Spirit on brink of NWSL playoffs, but last step won’t be easyWashington Post
Leading scorer Crystal Dunn and the Spirit will visit defending champion FC Kansas City on Thursday night.

Can women’s soccer maintain its World Cup high?The Guardian
NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush says ‘People call it a bump or a bounce – I think it’s actually a new normal’; plus wilting Thorns, Crystal Dunn and bad Breakers.

Werder make their entrance as stars returnFIFA
The new Frauen-Bundesliga season gets underway on Friday, with defending champions Bayern Munich taking on six-time winners Turbine Potsdam in the opening match, a prestigious occasion that will be graced by some of the stars of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.

Hammer time for India’s English exportFIFA
Until recently, Aditi Chauhan was living a quiet life in a small English town. There, in Loughborough, she combined her master’s degree in sports management by keeping goal for the university team. But if football was mistaken for a mere hobby, and Chauhan for a typical, run-of-the-mill international student, that wasn’t to last.

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NASL NEWS

Top-of-the-Table Clash Ends in a StalemateOttawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC played the New York Cosmos to a scoreless draw in a top-of-the-table tilt on Wednesday night in front of over 6,000 fans who brought TD Place to life. With the point, Fury FC remain atop the NASL Fall Season standings with a 6W-2D-1L record, maintaining their lead over second-place New York and building their lead over Edmonton, Atlanta and Minnesota to five points. Fury goalkeeper Romuald Pesier collected his league-best ninth shutout of the season in the win.

Ameobi is NASL’s most effective strikerFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton striker Tomi Ameobi has truly arrived as one of the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) most dangerous players. The 27-year-old’s breakout season has continued into the Fall Season following a two-month absence due to injury.

Match Preview vs. Atlanta Silverbacks (Aug. 29, 2015)FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (4-3-3) will put their undefeated road record in the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season on the line as they head to Atlanta, Aug. 29 to take on Silverbacks (4-3-3) at Atlanta Silverbacks Park at 5:30 p.m. MT.

“The team will be in Oklahoma City”Marca
Oklahoma City FC, the North American team that has Rayo Vallecano has its main shareholder, will not be moving. Oklahoma City FC co-owner Brad Lund confirmed that news to MARCA.com on Wednesday. Despite the presence of another professional team in the city of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Energy of the USL which is the third level of North American football, Lund clarified that Oklahoma City FC will also belong to the city of Oklahoma City.

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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Champions League: Group Stages SetUEFA
Juventus, Manchester City & Sevilla draw”Group of Death”.

Copa America 2016 may not be in U.S., says CONMEBOL president NapoutESPN FC
CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout is unsure if the 2016 edition of the Copa America will be played in the United States as planned.

Wolfsburg, Man City, Kevin De Bruyne: how 2015’s biggest deal is playing out ESPN FC
The most drawn-out saga of the summer might soon be over. Local paper Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung reported Wednesday night that Kevin De Bruyne will be sold to Manchester City for €74 million, plus add-ons worth another €6 million. Those figures would make it a record for a Bundesliga player and one of the most expensive in the Premier League as well.

I can handle criticism – RooneyBBC Sport
Wayne Rooney says he is strong enough to handle being criticised after he ended his 10-game goal drought for Manchester United.

Manchester United fans held after Club Brugge clashBBC
Fifty-seven Manchester United fans were arrested in Belgium on Wednesday night after fighting broke out following their team’s Champions League victory. Glasses and chairs were thrown in a clash between English and Belgian “hooligans” outside a bar in Bruges, the Chief Constable said.

Pogba to Chelsea: Blues set to smash British spending record with £70m midfielder and £34m John Stones The Independent
Chelsea are believed to be supremely confident of securing the most expensive spending spree in British history by completing the deals for John Stones and Paul Pogba within the next five days to take their summer outlay to an incredible £160m.

Emile Heskey talks Michael Owen, ‘Heskey Cam’ and life back in England at 37Sky Sports
After seemingly settling for an easier life Down Under, Emile Heskey changed his mind and returned home. The Bolton striker tells Pete Hall about why at 37 he fancied one last hurrah in England, telepathy with Michael Owen, a famous night in Berlin and ‘Heskey Cam’.

Brisbane Roar told to address financial problems or lose A-League licenceThe Guardian
Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has thrown down the gauntlet to the embattled owners of Brisbane, demanding they immediately address the Roar’s extensive financial problems or their A-League licence will be revoked.

USWNT, Sounders among playable teams in EA FIFA 16 demo that drops on Sept. 8SBI
In need of a taste test of FIFA 16? You do not have to wait much longer. EA Sports announced on Wednesday that the FIFA 16 demo will be made available on Sept. 8, exactly two weeks before it hits stores in North America. The demo will be available for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles, and it will give gamers their first hands-on preview as to what to expect from this year’s edition of the popular soccer video game.

Sir Alex Ferguson joins LinkedIn ESPN FC
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has opened a LinkedIn account. Yes, you read that correctly. Sir Alex is now on LinkedIn. In fact, the 73-year-old has described himself as a “Director, Ambassador, Visiting Fellow and Author” on the professional social networking site, quickly garnering himself more than 15,000 followers in a matter of hours.

In the new New Orleans, an international soccer hero hides in plain sight The Guardian
For 32 years Tony Liang was the last Honduran player to score in the World Cup. Now he’s helping New Orleans re-emerge from the ruins while coaching in the city’s bustling Spanish-speaking leagues.

Mother forced to buy ticket for her baby after Barcelona refuses to let infant enter stadiumWashington Post
A mother in Spain is livid after officials at Camp Nou, the stadium in which Barcelona plays, demanded she purchase a ticket for her 10-month-old baby who was to sit in her lap.

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